The Malibu is Chevy’s first global sedan, but the 2013 Chevy models coming to dealers in the spring will be unique to the U.S. market which will be the only ones to get the amped-up 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, a green-tinged four-cylinder, four-door, five-seat sedan, augmented with a battery pack and a motor that boost gas mileage and elbow aside any V-6 option in the process. GM hopes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, its variety of planet-hugging, will cut through the clutter of, well, just about every other repositioned family sedan that’s been electrified in the past few years.
GM cites a lot of Camaro influence in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco details, and it’s easy to see some of the heritage appeal molded and shaped into the gauges and tail lamps. The new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco looks much smaller than it did last year, though it’s not even a half-inch shorter overall.
Looking at these pictures of 2013 Chevy Malibu, you might be wondering just how new the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco really is. Indeed, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco oversize split grille and general shape look very similar to those of its predecessor. The most noticeable change in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a mild injection of Camaro DNA, in the form of four square tail lamps and a muscular uptick over the rear wheels.
There’s also a dose of BMW influence in the busier surfacing, the high trunk lid, and the “eyebrows” over the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco headlamps. It’s only when you see the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco in the real world that you begin to suspect there’s more going on here than a mild refresh. The “global” part is key, since the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, previously an almost exclusively North American car, will be built in the United States, China, and Korea and sold all over the world, including Europe.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco price started from $25,995 (roughly $1800 more than the 2012 Malibu LT), it comes standard with 225/55-17 low-rolling-resistance tires, heated mirrors, “ice blue” ambient lighting, a bevy of airbags including driver and front-passenger knee bags, and OnStar.
All 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco models include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, featuring a seven-inch touch screen (it motors up to reveal a handy storage bin), capacitive-touch controls, and the ability to pair with mobile devices for additional functions. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is powered by the combo of a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a 15-hp electric motor, this will be the only powertrain available at launch, with two other (unassisted) 2013 Chevy Malibu engine joining the lineup later.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco features include an aluminum hood, an aluminum rear bumper beam, and lighter carpet and dash-mat materials. According to Chevy, these 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco measures save approximately 130 pounds. An active shutter in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco grille and smooth underbody panels reduce drag, although they could appear on other 2013 Chevrolet models as well, as Chevy won’t say they’re Eco-only pieces.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a completely different Malibu in look and feel than the four-door just drifting out of memory, on the handling and efficiency fronts, that’s progress. We say the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco needs closer to 270 to differentiate it from the 2.5 and to better compete with the sixes in the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat—not to mention the 274-hp turbo four in the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima.
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